PIONEER SETTLEMENTThe 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 FESTIVALBicknell’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.
BICKNELL BOTTOMSOne nearby tourist attraction is the Bicknell Bottoms wildlife habitat and fish hatchery (3.5 miles southeast of Bicknell, Utah).
FRUITA SCHOOLHOUSEFound 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!
Bicknell: Lodging, Dining, and More
Address: 292 West Main Box 304, Bicknell, Utah, 84715 Phone: 1-800-833-5379 Email: email@example.com Website: aquariusinn.comOpen 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
Address: 63 East Main Box 68, Bicknell, Utah, 84715 Phone: 435-425-3821 Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgOpen year-round, 15 rooms, restaurant. Clean, comfortable rooms, smoking & non-smoking. Cable TV, phones.
Aquarius RV Park
Address: 220 South 100 East, Bicknell, Utah, 84715 Phone: 1-800-833-5379 Email: email@example.com Website: aquariusinn.comFull hook-ups. Provides 12 spaces.
Address: 1 mile east off of Hwy. 24 , Bicknell, Utah, 84715 Phone: (435)836-2811 Website: Website9 RV & tent sites, picnic tables, water, restrooms, group site, fee charged. Open 5/15 to 10/30
Fremont River Guides
Address: PO BOX 186 , Bicknell, Utah, 84715 Phone: (435)491-0242 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: flyfishingsouthernutah.comExperienced 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
Address: 91 East Main , Bicknell, Utah, 84715 Phone: 435-425-3701 Email: email@example.com Website: sunglowpies.comOpen year round. Great family restaurant; steaks, burgers, Mexican food and specialty pies — Pinto Bean, Pickle, Buttermilk and Oatmeal.
The Badger Den
Address: 125 North SR 24 , Bicknell, UT, 84715 Phone: 435-425-2500 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: thebadgerden.netBrick Oven Pizza. Try our “Inferno Wings” delivery available.
Campfire Wood Products
Address: PO Box 203 , Bicknell, Utah, 84715 Phone: 435-425-3489Firewood for camping, post poles and fencing.
The Bicknell Theater
Address: 11 East Main , Bicknell, UT, 84715 Phone: 435-425-3493 Website: thebicknelltheater.comNewly 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
Address: 150 West Main Street Bicknell, Utah 84715 Phone: 435-425-3040 Email: email@example.com Website: abc.utah.govOpen 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
Address: 178 East Main Bicknell, Utah 84715 Phone: 435-425-3432 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: blackburnspropane.comTire 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
Address: 390 West 100 North PO Box 121 Bicknell, Utah 84715 Phone: 435-425-3280All types of auto repair available. We are a “Parts Plus” auto store.
Silver Eagle Gas and Car Wash
Address: 351 S Hwy 24 Bicknell, Utah 84715 Phone: 435-425-2700Car wash accepts coins, credit cards and cash. Open year round.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Address: 190 North 200 East Bicknell, Utah 84715 Phone: 435-425-3461
Scott Andersen DDS
Address: 374 S 300 E Bicknell, Utah 84715 Phone: 435-425-3391
Tri-County Veterinary Hospital
Address: 1045 W Hatchery Rd Bicknell, Utah 84775 Phone: 435-425-3487
Wayne Community Health Center
Address: 128 S 300 W Bicknell, Utah 84715 Phone: 435-425-3744Medical, Dental and Pharmacy
Aquarius Motel & Restaurant
Address: 240 West Main Street Bicknell, Utah 84715 Phone: 1-800-833-5379 Website: aquariusinn.comTriple front load washer.
- Fitness / Therapy
The Power Plant Fitness Center
Address: 374 S 300 E Bicknell, Utah 84715 Phone: 435-425-3331Open 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
Address: 178 East Main Bicknell, Utah 84715 Phone: 435-425-3432 Email: email@example.com Website: blackburnpropane.comTire 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
Address: 292 West Main Bicknell, Utah 84715 Phone: 800-833-5379 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: aquariusinn.comLarge selection of DVDs and videos, including most popular and recent runs. Over 4,500 titles.
Address: 178 E. Main Bicknell, UT 84715 Phone: 435-425-3432 Email: email@example.com Website: blackburnpropane.com24 hour DVD rentals