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.
THINGS TO DO IN BICKNELL, UTAH
BICKNELL FILM FESTIVAL
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.
One nearby tourist attraction is the Bicknell Bottoms wildlife habitat and fish hatchery (3.5 miles southeast of Bicknell, Utah).
Found 20 miles east of Bicknell, the town of Fruita, Utah lies at an elevation of 7,123 feet and has a population of 353 people (per the 2000 Census). The old school house is worth a quick visit if you’re passing through!
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.
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.