Traveling to Outward Bound

 You will need to meet at the El Paso Airport "Arrivals Lounge" by 1:30 PM on the day your course starts (Day 1). After departing your gate, please take the escalators down to the lower level to the Arrivals Lounge. At the bottom of either escalator, look for an Outward Bound Staff member.

  • If you are arriving by airplane, please meet Outward Bound staff at the Arrivals Lounge at the bottom of the escalators.
  • If you are being dropped off by car, please meet at the Arrivals Lounge Area in the airport.
  • If you are staying in a nearby hotel before your course, arrange for a shuttle service or cab to bring you to the airport in time for the 1:30 PM meeting time.  Meet in the Arrivals Lounge.  See the accommodations section for local hotels that have a free airport shuttle service.

After meeting the group at 1:30 PM we will transport you to your course-start location. This is a long drive (5+ hours) so please be sure to eat a good lunch and fill your water bottle 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
Arrivals Lounge
El Paso International Airport (ELP)
6701 Convair Rd, El Paso, TX 79925


Traveling Home

The Intercept Family Seminar ends in El Paso no later than 11:00 AM on the last day of the course. Parents, whether you rent a vehicle or take a cab to the Seminar, you are responsible for transporting you and your teen home. If you are departing by plane or shuttle from El Paso, you should arrive back at the airport or bus station by approximately 11:45 AM. 

To ensure adequate time to check in and navigate security, please do not book any flights or buses departing before 12:45 PM.

Additional Information for Parents


Unaccompanied Minor Service is often available and sometimes required when you purchase a plane ticket for a child traveling without an adult.  If your child is 14 or younger and traveling without an adult companion, you may be required to purchase this additional service.  If your child is 15 or older, most airlines will not require you to use this service, but you can sometimes still elect to purchase this additional service if you have any concerns about your child traveling alone.  Each airline has their own age restrictions and you will need to be in touch with them directly to determine if you are required to enroll your child in their Unaccompanied Minor Service. 

Unaccompanied Minor service does cost an additional fee.  Please be sure to complete payment for both your child's arrival and departure flights.  You will be required to provide the airline with additional information about the representative of our school who will pick the child up upon arrival.  Please contact your Outward Bound course advisor to receive this information.

Please note that if you have neither paid an additional fee nor been required to provide the airline with our representative information, then your child is not flying as an unaccompanied minor and an Outward Bound staff will meet them in the baggage claim area.

IMPORTANT: Parents, if you purchase the Unaccompanied Minor Service, please contact your course advisor to receive the required additional information about the OB representative picking up your teen. Your course advisor needs to know your teen is arriving as a registered unaccompanied minor with the airline.

Important Note for Arrival: Students flying as unaccompanied minors are required to have someone at the arrival airport to pick them up.  Because of this, students flying as unaccompanied minors cannot arrive the day prior to the course-start unless you have a family member or friend who is able to meet them and pick them up. Outward Bound staff will not be at the airport to receive students until the course-start date.

Important Note for Departure: Students flying as unaccompanied minors are not allowed by the airline to take the last departure flight of the day. Please ensure that your teen is not on the last departure of the day or they will not be allowed to leave our company and board the plane.

COMMUNICATION WITH YOUR TEEN ON ARRIVAL DAY – It’s a good idea to send a phone with your teen for use during travel days (don’t forget to include a charge cord). All electronics are stored in a secure location during the expedition and will be returned to your teen on departure day.

Please remind your teen to call/text you when they’ve arrived and met the Outward Bound representative. There will be time for this communication. If there are any problems or your teen doesn’t arrive as scheduled, we will contact you right away. Otherwise, no news is good news! Your teen’s course director will accompany your teen’s group to the start of their wilderness expedition and will contact you within 2-3 days to introduce themselves and share an update.

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