Bucksbaum grew up in Northeastern PA, but he always had an affinity towards the spirit of the old West and the guest ranch business. After serving four years in the US Army as a paratrooper he settled in Los Angeles and worked a number of jobs hoping to someday get in touch with his inner-cowboy. His love of movies propelled him to purchase the historic Crest Theatre in Westwood, which he later renamed the Majestic Crest. Why the Majestic? Blame Jim Carrey. Frank Darabont’s 2001 film, “The Majestic” mirrored Bucksbaum’s story so much (amnesia aside) that Darabont and writer Michael Sloane even recognized the coincidence and hand delivered an autographed poster from the film, which was proudly displayed in the theatre lobby.
For eight years Bucksbaum tore tickets, served popcorn, ran the projectors and mingled with customers, all the while never losing his passion for fly fishing, horseback riding or the great outdoors. When the harsh economic realities slowed the theatre business to a crawl, it was time for a change and he reluctantly sold the theatre, in search of a new adventure.
When Bucksbaum arrived at the Lake Mancos Dude Ranch, which has been in operation since 1956, and saw the surrounding mountains and breathtaking vistas, he knew two things- That he had found his new adventure and that the word “majestic”
The Majestic Dude Ranch sits high in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado, a working guest/dude ranch just 35 minutes from Durango. Just like those days tearing tickets, Bucksbaum brings his signature enthusiasm and hands-on, passion to every aspect of the ranch operations. A wide variety of unique activities will be offered including horseback riding, mountain bike guided tours, fly fishing, gold panning, white water rafting and much more! A lifetime baseball devotee and player, Bucksbaum is even building a full baseball field and batting cages on the ranch property. Guests will be offered unique amenities like tempur-pedic mattresses, stocked refrigerator with snacks/drinks and personally guided tours. Further merging his passions, plans are also in place for nightly film screenings under the stars with free popcorn. How many theatre owners have ever boasted that?
Bucksbaum feels confident about his unique vision for the ranch and the future possibilities it holds for his guests. “My goal is for guests that visit this little paradise to feel rejuvenated and rediscover the “majestic”
For more information, please contact:
Nicole Haley, Publicist at: (310) 441-7400 or
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A family-owned and oriented guest ranch nestled high in the pristine wilderness of the San Juan Mountains and just 35 minutes from Durango, CO. Since 1956, Majestic Dude Ranch has been offering our guests a home away from home in the Colorado mountains 35 miles west of Durango. A week-long, all-inclusive dude ranch vacation provides families with a lifetime of memories, whether that means long rides on a mountain trail, guided mountain bike tours, hikes in the neighboring national forest, catching a rainbow trout along the banks of a cool stream, lake or river, or just relaxing by the fire with friends.