The Zuni Salt Lake is located north and west of the town of Quemado, New Mexico along dirt roads that are, more often than not, unsigned. 4x4 is not necessary and high-clearance is only advised, although both may be necessary during the summer when torrential downpours threaten.

The road leading directly to the lake is not signed at its turn-off, and is gated close to the lake. There is a road to the west of the lake which ascends a small ridge and provides panoramic views of the lake and the region around it. The lake sits on public, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land, as opposed to Zuni land, but is fenced-off. There do not appear to be any occupied dwellings within the lake basin.

There are many in-tact remnants of a salt evaporation facility on the north shore of the lake, with salt-eroded, inaccessible piers extending into the water on both the south and north shores. The lake is only fed by run-off from the surrounding desert, is stagnant and only reaches a maximum depth of about 4' at its height. Evaporation often causes the water level to reach near 0.

The lake was, for years, the site of controversy as the Salt River Project in neighboring Arizona held coal leases on the land and had plans to construct a strip mine at the site, as well as construct a railroad to the Coronado Generating Station in nearby St. John's, Arizona. In 2003, the Salt River Project officially abandoned its leases and plans for the mining project.

The Bureau of Land Management is now working to develop the site as a conservation area. As the lake has cultural and historical significance to the local Zuni people, there has always been a tremendous amount of interest in preserving the site.