One of the largest idle estates was established here during the viceroyalty era. It encompassed the northern part of Zacatecas, as well as the entire southern part of the state of Coahuila, up to the municipalities of Monclova and Cuatrociénegas. Its headquarters were located in the Hacienda de San Francisco de los Patos, which belonged to Francisco de Urdiñola.
General Cepeda is an important paleontological zone, where fossilised remains of dinosaurs from the Cretaceous Era have been found. The archaeological and paleontological sites of Narigua, Ejido Porvenir de Jalpa and Rincón Colorado are located within this municipality. Among other tourist attractions are Museo de Paleontología (the Museum of Paleontology), the murals at the Presidencia Municipal and the dams of El Entronque, El Tulillo, El Tejocote, El Nogal and San José del Refugio. It has a population of around 5 thousand inhabitants, who are mainly dedicated to agriculture. This southeast region of the State has a dry climate with average temperatures of 24 ° Celsius.