Today a new stake was organized in Colorado. This becomes the first time a new stake has been created in Colorado since 2004 when the Castle Rock Colorado Stake was organized. The Parker Colorado Stake, which had 14 wards, was divided to create the Parker Colorado South Stake. Being a Colorado native who lived in the Parker Colorado Stake from its creation in 1996 to 2003, I have witnesses the growth of the Church in this area as the Parker Colorado Stake was created from the Willow Creek Colorado Stake in 1996 and the Castle Rock Colorado Stake was created from the Parker Colorado Stake in 2003. The number of LDS wards in Castle Rock increased from one in 1990 to eight in early 2011. There were 2,700 members in the original Parker Colorado Stake in 1996 and today there are 9,600 in the three stakes that are within the original boundaries of the Parker Colorado Stake. The rapid growth of the Church in Douglas County has come almost entirely from new move-ins from other areas. Many additional housing developments are planned or in the construction phase in Parker and Castle Rock but are on hold due to the housing crisis. Located just north of the Parker Colorado Stake, the Arapahoe Colorado Stake currently has 13 wards and will likely split into two stakes anytime as a new stake center was completed a couple years ago in the area.
There are now 31 stakes in Colorado.