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.
INTEREST IN ALL DIRECTIONS
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).
292 West Main Box 304, Bicknell, Utah, 84715
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.
Aquarius RV Park
220 South 100 East, Bicknell, Utah, 84715
Full hook-ups. Provides 12 spaces.
Fremont River Guides
PO BOX 186 , Bicknell, Utah, 84715
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.
Sunglow Family Restaurant
91 East Main , Bicknell, Utah, 84715
Open year round. Great family restaurant; steaks, burgers, Mexican food and specialty pies — Pinto Bean, Pickle, Buttermilk and Oatmeal.
Campfire Wood Products
PO Box 203 , Bicknell, Utah, 84715
Firewood for camping, post poles and fencing.
The Bicknell Theater
11 East Main , Bicknell, UT, 84715
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.
- Auto Services
Blackburn Sinclair & Towing
178 East Main , Bicknell, Utah, 84715
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
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
Car wash accepts coins, credit cards and cash. Open year round.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
190 North 200 East , Bicknell, Utah, 84715
- Fitness / Therapy
The Power Plant Fitness Center
374 S. 300 E, Bicknell, Utah, 84715
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
- Video Rental