PIONEER SETTLEMENT 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. 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. 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).


  • 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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