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Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Great Salt Plains

Just 30 minutes away from Alva!

Alabaster Caverns

Just 30 minutes away from Alva!

Little Sahara State Park

Just 30 minutes away from Alva!

Why Visit Alva?

Where charm and adventure meet, Alva is located within 30 minutes of the most diverse outdoor recreation in all of Oklahoma! Alva was established on September 16, 1893, as a Land Office for the Cherokee Strip Land Run. It is home to Northwestern Oklahoma State University and serves as the County Seat for Woods County. Alva sits at the intersection of U.S. Highways 281 and 64, just 17 miles south of the Kansas line.

Explore Alva

History abounds on virtually every corner in Alva! It is home to a historical “Downtown Courthouse Square,” the Cherokee Strip Museum, the NWOSU Museum of Natural History, and 33 Historic Murals. Alva is known as the “Mural Capital” of Oklahoma!

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Eat, Stay, Shop

The R.A.C.E. Car Show, Northwestern’s Homecoming Celebration, Lt. Governor’s Annual Turkey Hunt, NWOSU Rodeo, Bull-Nanza, and Bradt’s Menagerie, (which is the largest petting zoo and hay maze in Oklahoma), athletic events ranging from golf to baseball, the Nescatunga Arts Festival, and Northwest Concert Series offer something for everyone! 

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30 Minutes Closer to Adventure!

The Great Salt Plains State Park, Little Sahara State Park, and Alabaster Caverns State Park all offer exceptional outdoor recreational opportunities.  Each of these natural treasures provides a completely different experience! You can find kayaking, camping, fishing, hiking, birding, and salt crystal digging at Great Salt Plains. At Alabaster Caverns visitors will experience bat watches, cave tours, spelunking, hiking and camping.  Little Sahara State Park offers over 1,600 acres of ATV and Dune Buggy terrain and RV and tent camping is available.  

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We look forward to seeing you in Alva soon!