The small town of Bicknell is located in the heart of Capitol Reef Country, about 17 miles west of Capitol Reef National Park. The community was first established in 1879 by A.K. Thurber, who built the first home in the area. The land turned out to be unsuitable for farming and water, so in 1895 “Thurber Town” was relocated to a more productive location. The town’s residents were mainly cattle ranchers and wheat farmers. The Thurber Ward constructed the Relief Society Hall (purchased and restored in 1971 by the Daughters of Utah Pioneers), which housed the school, church meetings, and social functions. In 1914 Rhode Island’s Education Commissioner, Thomas W. Bicknell, offered to donate a 1,000-volume library to any town in Utah that would take his name. Two towns split the prize (with the other town taking his wife’s maiden name) and in 1916 Thurber became Bicknell and received 500 books. The town was incorporated in 1939.

Bicknell’s modern-day claim to fame is its year-round movie theater, home to the annual Bicknell International Film Festival (BIFF). The festival celebrates “Better Living through Bad Cinema” by showing three of the worst ‘B’ films reflecting each year’s theme. The festivities also include parties and a 55-mile-an-hour parade.

Nearby tourist attractions include the Bicknell Bottoms wildlife habitat and fish hatchery (3.5 miles southeast) and the Fruita schoolhouse (20 miles east). The town lies at an elevation of 7,123 feet and has a population of 353 people (per the 2000 Census).


  • Motels

    Aquarius Motel

    292 West Main Box 304, Bicknell, Utah, 84715

    Phone: 1-800-833-5379 | Email | Website | Fax: 435-425-3486

    Open year-round, 30 rooms. AT&T phones, cable TV, family recreation facilities, meeting room, Laundromat, in-door heated pool & spa, fitness room, kitchenette, exterior and interior corridors, some pet rooms available $5 charge. Some smoking rooms available. Free local phone calls and wireless internet, refrigerators, hair dryers, ironing boards/irons, microwaves, Coffee pots, VCR and DVD players in all rooms. Video rental store on site.

    Sunglow Motel & Restaurant

    63 East Main Box 68, Bicknell, Utah, 84715

    Phone: 435-425-3821 | Email | Website

    Open year-round, 15 rooms, restaurant. Clean, comfortable rooms, smoking & non-smoking. Cable TV, phones.

  • Camping/RV

    Aquarius RV Park

    220 South 100 East, Bicknell, Utah, 84715

    Phone: 1-800-833-5379 | Email | Website | Fax: 425-3486

    Full hook-ups. Provides 12 spaces.

    Sunglow Campground

    1 mile east off of Hwy. 24 , Bicknell, Utah, 84715

    Phone: (435) 836-2811 |  Website

    9 RV & tent sites, picnic tables, water, restrooms, group site, fee charged. Open 5/15 to 10/30

  • Guides

    Fremont River Guides

    PO BOX 186 , Bicknell, Utah, 84715

    Phone: (435) 491-0242 | Email | Website

    Experienced fly-fishing guides offering quality fly-fishing excursions on all streams and lakes of the Boulder Mountains, Fremont River drainage, Fishlake Mountain and Thousand Lakes Mountain. Small to large corporate groups for the neophyte or discriminating flyfisher.

  • Restaurants

    Sunglow Family Restaurant

    91 East Main , Bicknell, Utah, 84715

    Phone: 435-425-3701 | Email | Website

    Open year round. Great family restaurant; steaks, burgers, Mexican food and specialty pies — Pinto Bean, Pickle, Buttermilk and Oatmeal.

    The Badger Den

    125 North SR 24 , Bicknell, UT, 84715

    Phone: 435-425-2500 | Email | Website

    Brick Oven Pizza. Try our “Inferno Wings” delivery available.

  • Shopping

    Campfire Wood Products

    PO Box 203 , Bicknell, Utah, 84715

    Phone: 435-425-3489

    Firewood for camping, post poles and fencing.

    The Bicknell Theater

    11 East Main , Bicknell, UT, 84715

    Phone: 435-425-3493 | Website

    Newly remodeled Historic Movie Theater. Playing new release movies Thursdays – Saturdays. Come hungry and enjoy the snack bar. Items include: Sandwiches, chicken strips, ice cream, and much more.

    Utah State Package Liquor Agency

    150 West Main Street , Bicknell, Utah, 84715

    Phone: 435-425-3040 | Email | Website

    Open Tuesday-Saturday 12 noon to 7 PM. Closed on most major holidays. The only one in the County. Heavy beer, wine and spirits.

  • Auto Services

    Blackburn Sinclair & Towing

    178 East Main , Bicknell, Utah, 84715

    Phone: 435-425-3432 | Email | Website

    Tire repair, oil changes, propane dispenser, 5 cent discount on gas if paid with cash, 24 hour gas pumps and DVD rentals, convenience store, beer, cigarettes, and phone cards.

    M&D Auto Parts & Repair

    390 West 100 North PO Box 121, Bicknell, Utah, 84715

    Phone: 435-425-3280

    All types of auto repair available. We are a “Parts Plus” auto store.

    Silver Eagle Gas and Car Wash

    351 S. Highway 24 , Bicknell, Utah, 84715

    Phone: 435-425-2700

    Car wash accepts coins, credit cards and cash. Open year round.

  • Churches

    Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    190 North 200 East , Bicknell, Utah, 84715

    Phone: 435-425-3461

  • Emergency/Health

    Scott Andersen DDS

    374 South 300 East, Bicknell, Utah, 84715

    Phone: 435-425-3391

    Tri-County Veterinary Hospital

    1045 W. Hatchery Road, Bicknell, Utah, 84775

    Phone: 435-425-3487

    Wayne Community Health Center

    128 South 300 West, Bicknell, Utah, 84715

    Phone: 435-425-3744

    Medical, Dental and Pharmacy

  • Laundromats

    Aquarius Motel & Restaurant

    240 West Main Street, Bicknell, Utah, 84715

    Phone: 1-800-833-5379 | Website

    Triple front load washer.

  • Fitness / Therapy

    The Power Plant Fitness Center

    374 S. 300 E, Bicknell, Utah, 84715

    Phone: 435-425-3331

    Open year round. Mon-Sat. Hours vary call for times. Day visits available. Personal trainer on site. Showers available. Increasing wellness for a more enjoyable lifestyle.

  • Convenience Stores

    Blackburn’s Sinclair

    178 East Main, Bicknell, Utah, 84715

    Phone: 435-425-3432 | Email | Website

    Tire repair, oil changes, propane dispenser, 5 cent discount on gas if paid with cash, 24-hour gas pumps and DVD rentals, convenience store, beer, cigarettes, and phone cards.

  • Video Rental

    Aquarius Motel

    292 West Main, Bicknell, Utah, 84715

    Phone: 800-833-5379 | Email | Website

    Large selection of DVDs and videos, including most popular and recent runs. Over 4,500 titles.

    Blackburn’s Sinclair

    178 E. Main, Bicknell, Ut, 84715

    Phone: 435-425-3432 | Email | Website

    24 hour DVD rentals,

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