The SpaceThis spacious, older, house in Bicknell has recently been remodeled. The house is minimally furnished and decorated, so you have plenty of room to spread out. Both bedrooms have one queen sized bed. I also have a twin bed available in a small back entry/laundry room (no washer/dryer available), and a double-sized futon in the living room. The carpets are old, but clean.
The kitchen/dining area is large, with a table that can seat at least 8. There are basic pots and pans, dishes and silverware -- should be plenty for normal vacation use. But if you plan to cook a lot, let me know what extra cooking utensils you might need. Pantry items are not included, however there is some salt, pepper and sugar. Let me know if you need flour or an egg. I'm happy to help.
I don't charge a cleaning fee, however, if you want me to clean DURING your stay, that would be an additional charge. Ask and we can work out the details.
There are chairs and a table outside on the back porch. Past renters have used the carport in the front as a porch as well, since it has a wonderful view of the Boulder Mountain and the Awapa Plateau. However it does face Bicknell's Main Street, which is also Hwy 24.
There is a large vacant field behind the house if you need extra parking. Feel free to explore. Please make yourselves at home. Guest AccessThe separate garage will not be accessible to you, however, there are many other closets and storage rooms which you can feel free to use. Some of them have cleaning or yard supplies stored in them, but most are empty. Interaction with GuestsI very much enjoy meeting my guests, and I do my best to meet each guest at the house soon after you arrive. I'd love to sit and talk if our schedules allow, however, I'll also be happy to give you whatever privacy you need.
Feel free to come three blocks down to my home, or call/email me any time with questions, or if you need something in addition to what is already in the house.
I love dogs, although I don't have one right now. If you are staying with a pet, please introduce us when we meet.
I may be outside sometimes in the mornings to water or weed the front garden and yard, but I try not to disturb you. The NeighborhoodBicknell is a sleepy, but friendly town of approximately 350 residents. The large front windows look south, across open pasture land with horses, cows and sheep, to the Boulder Mountain, and west to the high Awapa and Aquarius Plateaus that are nearly unparalleled in the United States for remoteness.
Bicknell is located in the Rabbit Valley at about 7,200 feet above sea level. Because the mountains and plateaus surrounding the Rabbit Valley rise to nearly 11,000 feet, the town rarely experiences the heat that much of Southern Utah does. We do get monsoon rains occasionally -- mostly in July and August. If temperatures do get hot during the day in July and August, the nights cool off quickly.
To the East, the Rabbit Valley drops down into the red rock country of Capitol Reef National Park (13 miles away).
Bicknell is centrally located for many Southern Utah adventures. Accessible within 1.5-2 hours drive are parts of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and the canyons of the San Rafael Swell. Moab, with Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, is about 3 hours east. The Escalante Canyons are approximately 2 hours south. Bryce and Zion National Parks are about 3 hours south.
If you are tired of red rocks, the Fish Lake area just north, and the Boulder Mountain on the South have plenty of mountain lakes, streams and wooded areas.
The area around Bicknell has everything I can imagine a person might need . . . unless you need cities. Getting AroundThere is no public transportation. A car is needed, and a vehicle with high clearance can get you to more remote areas. However, Bicknell's claim to fame is that parking is never a problem. You can park in the carport. But if you think you might use it as a front porch, then park in the driveway to the side of the carport. The Sunglow Restaurant guests often park along the side street and sometimes in front of the house, so it is best if you park off the street.
If you would like me to drive a shuttle for biking, hiking or even boating, let me know and we can work that out. Other Things to NoteBicknell is a very quiet and peaceful town, but please be aware that the main street can be busy on some mornings and is especially busy on holiday weekends.
Although the house may be suitable for children, it is not "Child Proofed." If you are bringing young children, I may ask you to sign a "Parental Consent" or "Waiver of Liability" form stating that you do understand the house is not Child Proofed and there could be dangers including electric cords, stairs, etc.
The carpets are not new -- Drab is a good description -- but have been cleaned regularly.
Please ask if you are traveling with a pet and we can discuss the fit. The yard is not fenced, and since it is on the Main Street (Hwy 24), that could be dangerous for some pets if not carefully supervised. Also, your pet would not be allowed on any beds or furniture during your stay and please don't leave them alone in the house for more than a very short time.
The house has no air conditioning. It is rarely needed in Bicknell because of our elevation. But there are occasions in August and July when it does get hot. In that case, there are two ceiling fans that help move the air around. If days are hot, leave the windows open at night to let the cool air in, and close them in the morning to keep hot air out.
The house was recently equipped with WIFI for your convenience. Connection information is in the Guide Book once you arrive. There is no cable or Dish TV. The TV is attached to an antenna and has just the normal channels, such as ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, etc. There is a large boom box that you can plug your own devices into, or bring some CD's to relax and listen to music.
The town of Bicknell has very few amenities: Two restaurants, two gas stations, an auto repair shop and the only liquor store in the county. There is a small laundry in town, plus the only Health Care Clinic in Wayne County.
You may need to purchase groceries either in the town of Loa (8 miles north of Bicknell -- grocery store is open until 8:30), or else in Torrey (9 miles southeast), at the Chuck Wagon General Store. Torrey has most of the restaurants in this area, as well as a few tourist shops. I have a Guide Book at the house with a few more notes about where to eat and what to see in the area.