TRAVEL INFORMATION
Traveling to Outward Bound

You will need to travel to El Paso the day before your course starts (Day 0) and book a hotel room for the evening.  We recommend staying at the Best Western Plus El Paso Airport Hotel as it is the meeting place for the course start.

Please meet in the lobby of the Best Western Plus in El Paso, Texas at 8:30 pm the day before your course begins (Day 0).  Look for OB staff with Outward Bound signs.  They will greet the group, give out important information, and set plans for the morning.

  • If you are arriving by airplane: The Best Western provides a free airport shuttle to the hotel.  Call them at the number below and ask for a pickup.
  • If you are being dropped off by car:  Please meet at the Best Western at 8:30 pm for the Day 0 evening meeting and then again the following morning.
  • If you are staying in a different hotel before your course:  Please arrange for a shuttle service or cab to bring you to the Best Western for the Day 0 evening meeting and then back again the following morning.  See the accommodations section for other local hotels that have a free airport shuttle service.

Outward Bound staff will pick-up the group at the Best Western at 7 am on the first day of the course and transport you to the course-start location.  This is a long drive (5+ hours) so please be sure to have eaten a good breakfast before meeting.

If you experience delays or cancellations on arrival day, please contact our Travel Coordinator at: (432) 652-6003

With so many people traveling on the same day we anticipate some hiccups.  If your arrival is delayed, don’t worry too much.  Contact our Travel Coordinator and we will do our best to coordinate an alternative plan with you.

Airport and Meeting Place Info:

Meeting Place 
Best Western Plus El Paso Airport Hotel
6655 Gateway West, El Paso, TX
Phone: (915) 778-6411 
Discount Rate: To receive a discounted rate of $75/ night call the number above and ask to book a room on the “Outward Bound Students” block.  *This must be done at least one week prior to the start of your course. 

Shuttle Service: While making your reservation ask about the free airport shuttle to the hotel.

Airport
El Paso International Airport (ELP)
6701 Convair Rd, El Paso, TX 79925

Traveling Home

Outward Bound will transport you back to the El Paso International Airport on the last day of the course, arriving by noon. To ensure adequate time to check in and navigate security, please do not book any flights departing before 1:00 PM.

  • If you are departing by plane or shuttle, we will ensure that you make your flight.  
  • If you weren’t able to pre-pay for your return-baggage, please bring a credit card or $25 (in exact change) to check your bag on your return flight.
  • If you are departing by car, you can access your car in the airport pay-lot or ask your pick-up to meet you near the departure check-in gates any time after 1 PM.
  • If you are staying in a nearby hotel after your course, and have arranged a drop-off with us, we will ensure you arrive at your hotel. 
If a flight after 1pm is inconvenient for your departure, here are a couple local hotels that have a free airport shuttle service.

Best Western Plus El Paso Airport Hotel
6655 Gateway West, El Paso, TX
Phone: (915) 778-6411
Discount Rate: 
To receive a discounted rate of $75/ night, call the number above and ask to book a room on the “Outward Bound” block and indicate which month your course begins.  *This must be done at least one week prior to the START of your course. 

Radisson Hotel El Paso Airport 
Phone: (915) 772-3333
Reservations: (800) 333-3333

Holiday Inn El Paso Airport
Phone: 915-772- 4008
Reservations: (888) 465-4329

Important Information

MEALS AND MONEY ON ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE DAYS - Please bring a little cash for meals during your travel days.  Outward Bound will provide dinner on the first day, breakfast on the last day, and some snacks on both of these days.  There are minimal food options once you exit the security gate at the airport so plan to get something before you arrive or before you exit security. Remember to drink plenty of water throughout travel days!

MEDICATIONS – If you take a prescription medication, please ensure that you have enough to complete the entire course, and bring a back-up set if possible. If you use an inhaler or carry an Epi-pen, please bring 2 sets.

Remember to pack your medications and other important items (contacts, glasses, travel documents, money) in your carry-on luggage in case your checked bag is delayed or lost.

CLOTHING/DRESS ON COURSE START DAY (DAY 1) – Please arrive at the meeting place already dressed in your expedition clothes. Your boots or tennis shoes, wool socks, quick-dry pants, underwear, t-shirt and warmer long-sleeved layer (accessible) work best on the first day. Please see the provided packing list for further information about appropriate luggage, clothing and layering principles.

Pre & Post-Course Accommodations
Meeting Place

Best Western Plus El Paso Airport Hotel
6655 Gateway West, El Paso, TX
Phone: (915) 778-6411 
Discount Rate: To receive a discounted rate of $75/ night, call the number above and ask to book a room on the “Outward Bound” block and indicate which month your course begins.  *This must be done at least one week prior to the start of your course. 

Shuttle Service: While making your reservation ask about the free airport shuttle to the hotel.

 
 
You may choose to stay at a different hotel the night before your course starts.  Here are a couple options that have a free airport shuttle service:

Radisson Hotel El Paso Airport
Phone: (915) 772-3333
Reservations: (800) 333-3333

Holiday Inn El Paso Airport
Phone: 915-772- 4008
Reservations: (888) 465-4329