Bicknell, Utah | Lodging & Dining | Capitol Reef Country




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.


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!

Bicknell: Lodging, Dining, and More

  • Motels

    Aquarius Motel

    Address: 292 West Main Box 304, Bicknell, Utah, 84715 Phone: 1-800-833-5379 Email: Website:

    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

    Address: 63 East Main Box 68, Bicknell, Utah, 84715 Phone: 435-425-3821 Email:

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

    Aquarius RV Park

    Address: 220 South 100 East, Bicknell, Utah, 84715 Phone: 1-800-833-5379 Email: Website:

    Full hook-ups. Provides 12 spaces.

    Sunglow Campground

    Address: 1 mile east off of Hwy. 24 , Bicknell, Utah, 84715 Phone: (435)836-2811 Website: Website

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

    Fremont River Guides

    Address: 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

    Address: 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

    Address: 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

    Address: PO Box 203 , Bicknell, Utah, 84715 Phone: 435-425-3489

    Firewood for camping, post poles and fencing.

    The Bicknell Theater

    Address: 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

    Address: 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

    Address: 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

    Address: 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

    Address: 351 S Hwy 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

    Address: 190 North 200 East Bicknell, Utah 84715 Phone: 435-425-3461

  • Emergency/Health

    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: 435-425-3744

    Medical, Dental and Pharmacy
  • Laundromats

    Aquarius Motel & Restaurant

    Address: 240 West Main Street Bicknell, Utah 84715 Phone: 1-800-833-5379 Website:

    Triple front load washer.
  • Fitness / Therapy

    The Power Plant Fitness Center

    Address: 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

    Address: 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

    Address: 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

    Address: 178 E. Main Bicknell, UT 84715 Phone: 435-425-3432 Email: Website:

    24 hour DVD rentals

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